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Article Recommendation: Pre-Code Hollywood

I recently came across this article, which talks about how very different Hollywood and American film-making was in the days prior to the Hays Code, also known as the Motion Pictures Production Code. This morality code changed the film-making industry dramatically, particularly for women in the industry, who found that their previously powerful and liberal roles were now constrained by these rules.

This is of particular interest to me because I’ve written the first draft of a novel set in a slightly alternate Hollywood that would fall into the Hays Code era. Both the article and the Wikipedia article on the Code are fascinating reads, particularly in light of how they would have impacted the secondary characters in my novel, who are in the film-making industry of the 1950s, even if it is slightly fictionalized.


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